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Modding Project Viper

Discussion in 'Modding' started by spiderm0nkey, 22 Nov 2010.

  1. spiderm0nkey

    spiderm0nkey I'm a rare breed... A female!

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    Hi guys, I'd like to present to you the in-progress build log for my project named Viper. This is my first attempt at a mod and I have big plans in store :)

    My goal is to build a beautiful system that relates to a theme (in this case snakes), using mid-range hardware (all I can afford on a students budget) and also try to prove that girls DO exist on the Internet and are capable of not only building computers, but modding them too :)

    Without further ado, here is the spec list of this build. It has changed so much this year haha.

    Hardware
    Case: Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400
    Mobo: DFI Lanparty UT P45-T3RS
    RAM: Team Group Xtreem LV 4GB DDR3 1600mHz
    Video: Sapphire 5850 1GB
    Sound: Asus Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe
    Storage: A-Data S596 32GB SSD, Samsung F1 and F3 1TB drives
    PSU: TBC (currently a Vantec Ion 2+ 600W)

    Cooling
    Res: Black and green T-Virus from FrozenQ
    The rest is TBC :)

    (Note that I'm importing this log from overclock.net so you guys are lucky and only get the stuff pertaining to the current components!)
     
  2. spiderm0nkey

    spiderm0nkey I'm a rare breed... A female!

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    The components!

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  3. spiderm0nkey

    spiderm0nkey I'm a rare breed... A female!

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    We have a limited selection of fans here in New Zealand so I had to make do with what I could find! Got these Vantec fans and painted the outer shell black.

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    Looks much better!

    And here are some of my planning sketches from waaaay back to give you guys a very general idea of how I want this to look. Am in the process of creating the final images at the moment.

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    I'm planning on routing all my cables externally inside some chromed copper tubes, just to give them further aesthetic appeal and do something interesting with the back panel, because it very rarely sees and modding love :(

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    My plans have changed a bit since these drawings (they were done at the start of the year!) but for the better I think!
     
  4. spiderm0nkey

    spiderm0nkey I'm a rare breed... A female!

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    Another important part of this system is going to be sleeving. I'm a big fan of cable sleeving these days and jumped on the chance to be able to do this in my own build. Because I haven't confirmed what power supply I want to use yet, I haven't been able to sleeve a heck of a lot, but here are some pictures anyways :)

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    http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m131/noire-badger/Worklog Album/Drawingsm-1.jpg

    Nils was kind enough to send me a sample of the new purple sleeve 'because I'm a girl' as he said hehe. I was one of the first people in the world to receive it!

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    After receiving all this lovely sleeving, I went ahead and de-riveted the case in prep for powdercoating! Didn't have a corded drill so had to use this instead, but it still did the job ;)

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    Here you can see why I want to have the case powdercoated!
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    All done :)
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  5. spiderm0nkey

    spiderm0nkey I'm a rare breed... A female!

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    Because I don't use a dvd drive often enough to warrant uglying up the front of my case, I decided to replace the mesh on the front with a single, un-interupted sheet of fresh and smaller holed mesh.

    A mockup I painted in Photoshop of how I want the front to look
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    Dismantling the front panel
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    Cutting up the new mesh

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    Test fit of the front panel
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    Sans painters tape
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    Doesn't look too shabby eh? This mesh will receive a nice satin black powdercoating treatment a little later on down the track.
     
  6. spiderm0nkey

    spiderm0nkey I'm a rare breed... A female!

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    And now to give the motherboard some lovin' too! Can't stand the blue paint on the capacitors so that had to go! Had trouble getting the paint of the thinner capacitors so will have to have another crack at that sometime soon.

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    Some of the ugly coloured jumpers I'll be switching out
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    Their sexier counterparts
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    Can barely even see them now!

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    And with that, I think that this log is up to date now. Hundreds of posts in my overclock.net thread and yet I can put up my whole log in just a handful of posts here haha.
     
  7. spiderm0nkey

    spiderm0nkey I'm a rare breed... A female!

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    Could a mod kindly move this thread to the Project Log section? I cannot believe I missed that -.-
     
  8. Dragonphreak

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    Looks good! I like the photoshopped front panel, looks clean and simple.
     
  9. ry@n

    ry@n Well-Known Member

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    Cant go wrong with a T-Virus res, love the colour scheme and good planning stage. Should be an interesting project.
     
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  11. drue123

    drue123 Laird Drue

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    Very nice cant wait to see it Watercooled. how many loops are u planning to have :)
     

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